RCGP encourages all primary care professionals to get their flu jab this winter

Publication date: 07 September 2018

Responding to the NHS drive for all frontline staff to get their influenza vaccination this winter, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We absolutely support this drive to encourage NHS staff to have their flu jab this winter, and we would urge all members of the primary care team, including those who work in residential and care homes, to be vaccinated early in the season, for their own health, as well as their patients".

"Just being healthcare professionals puts us at higher risk of contracting influenza as we mix with so many people, and there is now clear evidence that unvaccinated frontline NHS staff are frequently asymptomatic carriers of the flu virus, so are unaware that they are passing it on to vulnerable patients. Getting vaccinated not only protects yourself, but your colleagues and patients.

"Flu puts an incredible amount of pressure on general practice and the wider NHS every year, so it’s important that we take whatever steps we can to stop the spread of the virus, in the best interests of ourselves and our teams, our patients, and the national health service."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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